Wednesday, December 10, 2008


A friend of ours was just elected to the city council of my dear small hometown in Kentucky. It was through this that the amazingness of the oath of office for city councilmen in Kentucky was brought to my attention.

Oath of Office:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm, as the case may be) that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of this Commonwealth, and be faithful and true to the Commonwealth of Kentucky so long as I continue a citizen thereof, and that I will faithfully execute, to the best of my ability, the office of City Councilman according to law; and I do further solemnly swear (or affirm) that since the adoption of the present Constitution, I, being a citizen of this State, have not fought a duel with deadly weapons within this State nor out of it, nor have I sent or accepted a challenge to fight a duel with deadly weapons, nor have I acted as second in carrying a challenge, nor aided or assisted any person thus offending, so help me God.

Reference: Section 228 of the Constitution of Kentucky, as Ratified & Revised in 1891


Ψ*Ψ said...

I wonder if ninja swordfights count as duels in the eyes of the law?

Greg said...

Considering that ninjas are among the deadliest mammals, I would argue yes.